Chapter 5

Section A. Student Credit Hour Definition

Faculty Senate BIll 12-A-24


Southeast Missouri State University defines a credit hour as follows (adapted from Federal Statute 34 CFR 600.2):

An amount of work represented in intended learning outcomes and verified by evidence of student achievement that is an institutionally established equivalency that reasonably approximates not less than:

  1. One hour of classroom or direct faculty instruction and a minimum of two hours of out-of-class student work each week for fifteen weeks for one semester hour of credit, or the equivalent amount of work over a different amount of time; or
  2. At least an equivalent amount of work as required in paragraph (1) of this definition for other academic activities including laboratory work, internships, practica, studio work, and other academic work leading to the award of credit hours.
Application to Various Course Types

In accordance with this definition and with State of Missouri standards, this definition is applied to the various types of course offerings at Southeast Missouri State University in this manner:

Type Supervised Minutes/credit hour (Minimum) Expected unsupervised student time (Minimum)
Private lesson (e.g. Private lessons for music, etc.) 450 1800
Lecture (e.g. Lecture, independent study, readings, webinar) 750 1500
Workshop (e.g. Workshops, 8XX course numbers) 1200 1050
Lab (e.g. Lab, studio, independent research, rehearsal & production) 1500 750
Internship (e.g. Internship, clinical, practicum, field study, travel, thesis, special projects) 2250

For private lessons, lecture, workshop, and lab, the time requirements refer to time with direct instructor supervision. Internship time may include any combination of time supervised by approved experts outside the institution, time supervised by an instructor, or independent work with a product evaluated by an instructor.
Approved by Faculty Senate April 11, 2012
Reviewed by President April 23, 2012
Approved by Board of Regents May 12, 2012

Faculty Senate Bill 12-A-25 begins here.

Application During Course Proposal Or Revision

Any proposal for a new course or for a revision to the time allocation in an existing course must identify the course type and must justify the proposed course credit hours by describing the amount of time spent by the students in lecture, lab, or other activities in accordance with the standards in the Student Credit Hour Policy. A course may include components from more than one defined type, such as lecture and laboratory, with each portion contributing to the total credit hours.

If a proposed course falls outside of the categories defined in the policy, the credit hours assigned must be justified by reference to the federal standard and the time spent in course activities.

Online and blended courses must justify the credit hours assigned by providing evidence of achievement of student learning outcomes comparable to those achieved in an equivalent face-to-face course.

In general, a course should not award significantly more than one credit per week in a session. For instance, it would be inappropriate to offer a three-credit course in one week.

Approved by Faculty Senate Bill 12-A-25 April 11, 2012
Reviewed by President April 23, 2012
Posted for 15 Day Review April 2012